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An afternoon and evening in the complicated lives of six teenagers.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Crawley Films, Ltd.
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance; Teenagers; Psychology
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Times have changed but these ideas still apply
Yes Virginia, times have changed, but teens today face the same fears and problems teens faced then...they're just drastically more amplified. For example, the girls focus on fashion magazines in the 50's is zillion times more intense today as teenaged girls are now inundated with hundreds of thousands of images in any given month. The tips for working with the kids then work just as well today. Sometimes you just need to tweak the idea a little, adjusting for the problems of today.
Subject: Lots of Common sense
There is a lot of good common sense in this film on raising the early 1953 adolescent. In our more complex socio-economic world, it is probably more difficult today for both youngsters and their parents
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Age of Turmoil
This 50s film tries to help parents understand the psychological development of teenagers, by showing the Friday evening activities of six average specimens. We watch them go through their evenings and experience very minor problems, while the narrator gives a constant stream of interpretation and information. Some of it seems fairly accurate and some of it is less so. Some comments seem downright unsympathetic and judgemental such as the assertion that teens spend "hours in useless activity" or that one girl's dream to be a ballet dancer is totally unrealistic. Being a 50s film, there is a charming naivete about it. The "problems" these teens have seem miniscule compared with the problems of today's adolescents. Of course, other films of this period let us know that this was probably idealistic even for the 50s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: It's all about the teens
A somewhat more balanced overview of what teenagers are going through during their pre-puberty years. It's quite interesting how this film doesn't really screw things up. It says some pretty realistic things of what parents should expect. (Well, ok, the bobbin hairstyle is a bit much). To this point though, that the movie suffers by being a bit too bland. After all these are normal kids we are looking at, so nothing too exciting is presented. But it is worth looking into as a nice balance to the warped teen guidance films we've grown to love.